MLB moves reduce rosters from 30 to 28

Field Level Media

August 06, 2020 at 10:18 pm.

All Major League Baseball teams reduced their rosters by two players on Thursday per return-to-play stipulations after the season was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Teams started with 30 players on each active roster, four more than typical in a season, as a way to handle a nearly four-month hiatus that began during spring training. Per rule, those rosters were to be cut to 28 players on the 15th day of the season.

Rosters were previously expected to be cut to 26 players later this month, but an agreement between MLB and the MLB Players’ Association this week will keep rosters at 28 players through the end of the 2020 playoffs. Rosters can be increased to 29 players for doubleheaders.

In addition, the taxi squad for road trips was increased from three players to five.

Thursday’s roster reductions by team:

Arizona Diamondbacks: right-hander Yoan Lopez, infielder Ildemaro Vargas (designated for assignment)
Atlanta Braves: catcher Alex Jackson, right-hander Chad Sobotka
Baltimore Orioles: outfielder DJ Stewart, left-hander John Means (bereavement)
Boston Red Sox: left-hander Matt Hall, right-hander Chris Mazza
Chicago Cubs: left-handers Rex Brothers and Justin Steele
Chicago White Sox: outfielder Nicky Delmonico, infielder Nick Madrigal (injured list)
Cincinnati Reds: right-hander Tejay Antone, infielder Josh VanMeter
Cleveland Indians: outfielders Greg Allen and Daniel Johnson
Colorado Rockies: infielder Josh Fuentes, right-hander Ashton Goudeau
Detroit Tigers: infielder Jordy Mercer
Houston Astros: right-hander Bryan Abreu, infielder Jack Mayfield
Kansas City Royals: catcher Meibrys Viloria, infielder/outfielder Erick Mejia
Los Angeles Angels: right-hander Jose Rodriguez, infielder Matt Thaiss
Los Angeles Dodgers: left-hander Adam Kolarek, infielder/outfielder Zach McKinstry
Miami Marlins: left-handers Brian Moran, Josh D. Smith
Milwaukee Brewers: infielder Ryon Healy, right-hander Jonathon Feyereisen
Minnesota Twins: outfielder Aaron Whitefield, left-hander Rich Hill (injured list)
New York Mets: catcher Ali Sanchez
New York Yankees: infielder/outfielder Miguel Andujar, infielder Thairo Estrada, right-hander Nick Nelson (27 players)
Oakland Athletics: infielder/outfielder Seth Brown, right-hander James Kaprielian
Philadelphia Phillies: outfielder Kyle Garlick, right-hander Enyel De Los Santos
Pittsburgh Pirates: infielder/outfielder Jose Osuna, outfielder Guillermo Heredia
St. Louis Cardinals: (already at 28)
San Diego Padres: (undecided)
San Francisco Giants: left-hander Andrew Suarez, outfielder Steven Duggar
Seattle Mariners: infielder/outfielder Jose Marmolejos, right-hander Bryan Shaw
Tampa Bay Rays: infielder/outfielder Brian O’Grady, right-hander Ryan Thompson
Texas Rangers: right-hander Luke Farrell, catcher Jose Trevino
Toronto Blue Jays: infielder Santiago Espinal, right-hander Jacob Waguespack
Washington Nationals: right-hander James Bourque, infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio (designated for assignment)